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A Quickie on 'Lip Service's' Premiere London Screening

A Quickie on 'Lip Service's' Premiere London Screening

Last Thursday evening I was invited to the BBC Centre in London to attend the premiere of the first episode of the  new six-part BBC lesbian drama aptly named Lip Service created and written by Harriet Braun. In the opening ep. Ruta Gedmintas' Frankie -very Shane-like- returns to Glasgow for a funeral and ends up having sex in the funeral parlor, while her ex Cat (Laura Fraser) looks on. 

Last Thursday evening I was invited to the BBC Centre in London to attend the premiere of the first episode of the  new six-part BBC lesbian drama aptly named Lip Service created and written by Harriet Braun.
 
I went along with renowned actress Sherrie Hewson (ITV Coronation Street, Loose Women). We take our seats, and imagine . . .lights . . . camera . . . action!
 
Of course I knew what was coming the instant I heard heaving breathing and long before any picture hit the screen. Think When Harry met Sally!

I can’t tell you where the story will take us but, without doubt, we will be treated to lots of sex plus lots of humour.
 
The premiere episode runs something like this . . .

Frankie (Ruta Gedmintas) returns to Glasgow from New York because her aunt has died -- the second I saw Frankie I knew she was going to be trouble. I was right. Before I could draw breath we have Frankie having sex in the embalming room of the Funeral Parlour. I can’t tell you about the lucky girl on the receiving end because she was in the shadows: you’ll have to watch it to see for yourselves.

But Frankie’s previous lover, Cat (Laura Fraser), who still has feelings for Frankie, saw them in the act, causing poor Cat to run off in despair.

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Meanwhile, Fiona Button’s Tess, Cat’s best friend and an actress who tends to draw the wrong kind of girl, ends up hiding under a bed with James Antony Pearson's Ed when they are nearly caught breaking into a flat. It seems Ed has a crush on Tess, but Tess classes him as a good friend. You know how it is girls!


After the screening finished my friend Sherrie was quick to stand up and say it was a pity none of the main characters appeared to be over the age of 25. She also said that should a follow up be made, she is most definitely available for a role. Hurray for Sherrie, a stunning older woman and talented actress.
 
One girl I spoke with afterwards thought it was marvelous that the sex scene in the embalming room had been written in. She is a pathologist!

Lip Service appears squarely aimed at a young-ish lesbian audience and I can’t help but wonder how the British mainstream audience will react. I guess I’ll find out once the first episode airs 12th October 2010 on BBC 3.

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